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Process Addiction: A Business’s Silent Killer

October 31, 2014 - Business Psychology, Startups

In psychological terms, a process addiction is a condition similar to substance addiction—without the substance. Often referred to as an “invisible addiction,” there are usually no outward signs the person is suffering. But just because the person is addicted to an activity rather than chemically…

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In Startup Investment, There are Few True Angels

October 24, 2014 - Marketing, Startups

It started as a term on Broadway: investors who fund theatrical productions were called “angels.” These days it has come to mean an investor who provides capital funding for a business startup, usually for convertible debt or ownership equity. They can be a godsend (no…

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Hockey Sticks are for Hockey, Not Business

October 17, 2014 - Marketing

So far, you’ve built your business right, and now you’re looking for investors. You invested some of your own money, and you have a good track record. You avoided a lavish budget, and your ask is reasonable for your field. It’s the critical point in…

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October 15, 2014 - Contributor Musings
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“Culture” Comes With a Clash

October 13, 2014 - Business Psychology, Marketing

When the topic of changing company culture comes up, oftentimes there is significant resistance—especially in older companies. Employees are used to the way they do things, and they like it that way. But, for example, the speed with which software needs to be released requires…

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Innovation in the Tri-Valley

October 2, 2014 - Technology

You live in or near Silicon Valley. You are driven and ready to build your own startup. But there is a weird thing that happens when you cross the 580 Dublin grade. It is harder to find that startup mojo. The tri-valley (Dublin/Livermore/Pleasanton) is packed…

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